WASHINGTON, August 13 (By Suleiman Wali for RIA Novosti) – As the flurry of Edward Snowden stories has died down a bit now that Russia has granted the fugitive US intelligence leaker temporary asylum, what to do if you’re still craving to know of Snowden’s every move? Why not become Edward Snowden? Or at least a virtual Edward Snowden?
Now you can turn yourself into the former US intelligence contractor-turned-whistleblower in not one, not two, but three different video games.
Here is a look at the three games:
Snowden Leaks - In this web-based game, the player (as a lanky Snowden) has to secretly download data from the US National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters onto a USB drive, without being caught by security cameras, intelligence agents or President Barack Obama. Snowden must hide behind flags, paintings and curtains in order to evade his captors. He can also distract security guards by throwing donuts toward them.
Snowden Run 3D - In this game developed for smart phones, a continually running Snowden must escape from a pursuing Agent Jake, who’s fast on his trail, in order to avoid being thrown into the Guantanamo Bay prison. The game takes Snowden through NSA headquarters, Hong Kong and a Moscow airport. Snowden collects USB sticks and laptops along the way to add up points. A "power-up" feature allows the player to drop a Russian hydrogen bomb when "Uncle Putin" is called on a cell phone.
Eddy's Run: The PRISM Prison - Perhaps the most laudatory digital interpretation of the Snowden saga, the developers of this web-based game described their creation as "a deep thank you, a bow to Edward Snowden, the man who risked his life to reveal inhuman actions of a shocking large number of governments toward the citizens of the world by invading the privacy of millions of people."
The game even allows the user to sign a petition in support of Snowden. The objective is simple: keep moving, jumping and throwing laptops at federal agents.